Microsoft’s latest cloud partnership is with Land O’Lakes, the farming giant which will use Microsoft’s Azure technologies to spur sustainable farming practices and help farmers be more efficient.
Arden Hills, Mich.-based Land O’Lakes, which has 150 million acres of productive cropland in its network, will build a connected AgTech platform on Azure. The companies also plan to help connect rural communities to broadband internet.
“Land O’Lakes is one of the most important food suppliers in the U.S., and our nation’s farmers and consumers rely on its ability to rapidly adapt to changing market forces through innovation,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. “Through our partnership, we will apply the power of Azure and its AI capabilities to help Land O’Lakes solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the industry and bridge the divide between rural and urban communities.”